A psycho-historical research program for the integrative science of art

Nicolas Bullot, Rolf Reber

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Critics of the target article objected to our account of art appreciators' sensitivity to art-historical contexts and functions, the relations among the modes of artistic appreciation, and the weaknesses of aesthetic science. To rebut these objections and justify our program, we argue that the current neglect of sensitivity to art-historical contexts persists as a result of a pervasive aesthetic–artistic confound; we further specify our claim that basic exposure and the design stance are necessary conditions of artistic understanding; and we explain why many experimental studies do not belong to a psycho-historical science of art.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-180
Number of pages18
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
Early online date18 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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